The New York Knicks have given up on this season, and now The New York Times appears to be giving up on the Knicks.
The Knicks are floundering at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 5-32 record and signaled that they intend to stay there Monday by trading J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the Knicks’ atrocious brand of basketball positioned to get even worse, the Times thinks its beat writer’s time could be better spent elsewhere.
“We feel it’s only merciful to give our Knicks beat writer, Scott Cacciola, a break from such woeful basketball,” the Times staff wrote Tuesday. “He deserves to see the game played at a higher level. For the next month or so, we would like to point him to some good, quality basketball, wherever it might exist.
We’re guessing the folks at the Times are being facetious, but then again, there’s a chance they’re not. They make clear that they’re not simply looking for a different NBA team to cover — “perhaps a high school or college squad” or “a strong coed team at your local Y,” they note — so if your niece’s CYO team has a good story for Cacciola to tell, send your recommendation the Times’ way.
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